The EU has plans to develop a database for energy-labelled products to monitor all appliances sold in Europe and ensure energy efficiency rules work for the environment and consumers. Here we highlight what's need to turn it into success.
Ecodesign and Energy Labelling have already set out durability requirements for certain products such as vacuum cleaner motors and light bulbs. But it has so far mainly focused on making fridges, TVs and other appliances more energy efficient. Given its success, why not include more requirements to make products that last longer and are easily reparable and recyclable?